Almost 9:30pm and not a hint of sunset as the sunny skies and calm sea surround me in the library atop the National Geographic Explorer. I’m working away up in the hopes of catching a glimpse of a whale, while marveling at the purple and blue mountain range off in the distance. I will try to stay up until sunset, but if I don’t make it this first night, I will make it another night.
Today’s highlights included touring around Reykjavik, exploring the boat, and meeting some interesting people onboard, both staff and guests. At the National Museum of Iceland I really enjoyed the exhibit “Bundled-Up in Blue”. Aside from reminding me of a great Dylan tune, this exhibit had nothing to do with music but the re-investigation of a viking grave. I was captivated by this small exhibit which told the story of how scientists looked deeply at this grave using science. I was fascinated by this small item in a jar, the preserved facial bones, teeth, and flesh of the young viking woman. This small item in the jar was preserved due to their proximity to her copper-alloy brooch, which acted as a biocide and prevented microorganisms from breaking down this soft tissue. The corroding copper from the brooch also stained the teeth blue, which was pretty dammed cool. I bought a small book on the exhibit so I could read more about this artifact, the remains and how the team at the museum conducted their initial and reexamination of this grave.
Other items to note from the day: we ran into another GTF buddy, Tim, who had just gotten off the Explorer this morning. He was a huge help and gave us some last minute tips as we dashed to our bus. Enjoyed selected activities for the week (they literally have a tour entitled “Game of Thrones”). Food on boat is delicious. Enough typing, this takes away from my quest to find whales..
(This post is for July 20th, 2016, internet is not reliable)